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Homicides and safety strategies in São Paulo

Conference organized in collaboration with the International Centre for Comparative Criminology and the presented by Dr. Paula Miraglia at the University of Montreal

Author(s) : Paula Miraglia



Violence and therefore safety play a major role in the construction and characterization of Brazil’s major urban centres. Since the 1980s, marked increases in urban crime alongside the emergence of democratic openness and urbanization have transformed Brazilian urban Centres. The proliferation of robberies, thefts, kidnappings and violent deaths has promoted criminality and a consolidation of fear and insecurity as commonplace characteristics of urban life. Murder rates in the country’s capitals have grown significantly.

In São Paulo, violence today conjures two opposing trends: while in the 1980s and 1990s a systematic increase in murder rates scared the city (in 1999 the rate was 43.2), both the state and the metropolitan region benefited from a significant reduction over the last 10 years, so that today the rate is less around 10.

The reduction of murders entails a reflection on the strategies involved in the process of confronting a violent sociability, on the actors involved in this process - such as the police, civil society and organized crime - as well as on the connotations that violence and safety gain in this particular context.


Guest conference :

Paula Miraglia


Date: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
Time: 11h45 to 13h00
Local: Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, local C-4141
3150, Jean-Brillant street